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Kalliope

Archive of poetry

Kalliope is a database containing old Danish poetry and associated biographical data. The goal is no less than to collect all of the older Danish poetry, but until then, Kalliope will contain a representative and still growing selection. Kalliope also contains poetry in English and other languages, but primarily as reference material to the Danish collection.
26-02-2012
The English version of Kalliope released today. Hvis du ser denne engelske side og ønsker den danske, skal du klikke for flaget nederst på siden.
Sonnet

 The other two, slight ayre, and purging fire,
 Are both with thee, where euer I abide:
 The first my thought, the other my desire,
 These present absent with swift motion slide;
 For when these quicker Elements are gone
 In tender Embassie of loue to thee,
 My life being made of foure, with two alone
 Sinkes downe to death, opprest with melancholie,
 Vntill liues composition be recured
 By those swift messengers return'd from thee,
 Who euen but now come back againe assured
 Of thy faire health, recounting it to me.
     This told, I ioy, but then no longer glad,
     I send them back againe and straight grow sad.
 
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 The other two, slight air, and purging fire,
 Are both with thee, wherever I abide;
 The first my thought, the other my desire,
 These present absent with swift motion slide;
 For when these quicker elements are gone
 In tender embassy of love to thee,
 My life, being made of four, with two alone
 Sinks down to death, oppressed with melancholy,
 Until life's composition be recured
 By those swift messengers returned from thee,
 Who even but now come back again assured
 Of thy fair health, recounting it to me.
     This told, I joy, but then no longer glad,
     I send them back again and straight grow sad.
 

William Shakespeare
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